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How Long Have You Been Blogging?

November 28, 2007

how long been blogging

Once again, I have recently held another poll here at Super Blogging, asking How long have you been blogging? This was another thing I was interested in discovering about my readers because you need to know who you’re writing for. Should I write mainly for beginners, or can I feel free to cover more advanced topics and define the basic steps less? While I think it’s important to write for everyone who is interested in your niche and could possibly read your site, there are some statistics you’ve got to know and understand.

50% of voters said they’ve been blogging over a year. That surprises me, because I haven’t even blogging for a year yet and it seems like a lot of the advice I offer on this blog would already be known those experts. However, the second highest amount of voters told me they’ve been blogging less than three months (27%). The rest of the votes were split up between people who have blogging for three months to a year (23%). So, either I have a wide range of reader types or things are pretty inconsistent. Of course, you have to take it into mind that not a lot of people actually vote, but still…

So now I’m asking YOU this question: How long have YOU been blogging? This will give me a chance to learn some more facts that the poll didn’t cover, or give you a chance to respond if you missed that poll. If you want, tell me when exactly you started blogging, how you celebrated some of your blogging milestones (3 months, 6 months, etc.) Feel free to share any great things you’ve gone through (your first PageRank update, first social media traffic spike, etc.) or ANYTHING YOU LIKE. Mainly I want to know how long you’ve been blogging and some minor details on that, but I am all ears to any of your other experiences or any advice you’d like to share.

As for me, this is my first “serious” attempt at making blogs or websites online, and this blog turns a year old in mid-March 2008. I actually did get a PageRank in the first update I experienced, which occurred in April. I ranked a two. :) I never did any huge celebrations for my own blogging milestones, except for being personally happy, but I did make this post once upon a time. All in all, I’ve been blogging between six months and a year and I’ve been getting better at it all the time – practice makes perfect, that is definitely advice to live by!

Now how about you? How long have you been a blogger? :D

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Comments

12 Responses to “How Long Have You Been Blogging?”

  1. digital photography on November 28th, 2007 6:46 am

    I started in October, but I’m doing really well. Pr2, allot of back links and around 100 uniques with ease per day. google is very nice to me sends allot of traffic. Despite enormous amount of effort needed to maintain a high quality blog, I still enjoy it… its very cool :)

  2. Ruchir on November 28th, 2007 7:33 am

    I came to know about blogging in June 07 and started 2 blogspot blogs. Continued them for about two months. But then I grew serious and my first serious attempt at blogging was made in early October when I started TechnoMoney. So, I’ve been blogging “seriously” for about 2 months now.

  3. Drew on November 28th, 2007 8:42 am

    I started Blogging in December of 2004. I had a blog on blogger and was using blogspot plus. Many people probably won’t know what that is all about but it was blogger’s paid service. I joined it and then it went to being free. I started my blog as a way for friends and family to keep in touch with and read about my adventures when I traveled all over the country.

    Since that time I created 6 blogs
    http://www.benspark.com
    http://benspark.blogspot.com
    http://www.wiredkayaker.com
    http://www.readtomedad.com
    http://flat-water.blogspot.com
    http://www.googleisnotgod.com

    I maintain each one and try to update each daily, doesn’t always happen but I try. I don’t think I celebrated any major milestones however I am coming up on one fairly soon. I’ve been taking a photo-A-Day for nearly 3 years and I am about 36 photos away from 1000 photos. I will have to do something big at that point.

    Most of my blogs are monetized, a couple are on blogger, some are on self hosted sites and some use Payu2blog and some payperpost. I had some decent pageranks before Google smacked me 4s and 5s. Some still have rank and some do not. I’m not worried about that. Content is the most important thing to me.

  4. tallfreak on November 28th, 2007 5:55 pm

    I’ve been blogging since 2005. I was using AOL Journals at first. I wasn’t really ever into making money through blogging though. I just blogged to blog. Still do for the most part.

  5. minyak lintah on November 28th, 2007 7:21 pm

    I’ve been blogging for almost a year but i haven’t find any success yet. I only receive adsense money after 6 month of blogging :) That’s not that bad wasn’t it? Haha.. Maybe my style of writing is not good enough.

  6. Tay on November 29th, 2007 3:01 am

    @Digital Photography – Wow, that’s fantastic! You’re definitely doing a great job running your blog. :D

    @Drew – The Photo-a-Day project sounds very interesting, and reaching 1,000 photos most certainly does deserve some big celebration! You have some great blogs and you’ve done well with them.

    @Minyak Lintah – Always have faith and never give up! Plan a weekly schedule for what you’re going to write each day, and also set aside days for gaining traffic and backlinks, where your work focuses primarily on that task. It helps get a lot done! :)

  7. minyak lintah on November 29th, 2007 7:22 am

    Thank you for the motivation :) Really appreciate it

  8. Heath on November 29th, 2007 1:27 pm

    I really can not remember when I started, but it has been several years, both externally (personal blog), and within my company on our internal blogging environment. Over the last 6-7 months, I have also started blogging on the company’s external blog environment.

    It has been a challenge to keep track, because I blog about different topics in each of the three places. Some are more technical and work related, while others are frivolous and playful about a recent trip I might have gone on.

    I just like to write about things that both interest me, and hopefully others (for example, I post about American Idol every year – which seems to draw a lot of attention). Frankly, I don’t care about google page rank for myself. I’m not blogging for profit, I’m blogging because I’m a writer, and I love to do it. It’s a creative outlet for me, and part of my job deals with social media, so it’s a way for me to stay in touch with the world.

    One great tool I’ve found is StumbleUpon, (and I blogged about this on our corporate blog – you can read it here). It’s an amazing step at taking social networking directly into the browser, and I highly recommend it.

    Anyway, that’s enough for now. Cheers everyone!

  9. Forrest on November 29th, 2007 3:31 pm

    All of a few months … I started at the end of July, and to date probably have 25 posts to my name.

    I’ve actually been following some of the advice you’ve given in another post, about how not to tick your readers off … particularly about quality writing. It’s time consuming to write well, to match text to images to create a story instead of just a page … but I think it works out better in the end.

  10. Tay on November 29th, 2007 5:20 pm

    @Heath – Thanks for sharing your blogging experiences! I’m like you – I love to write and blog – it is a passion. I like writing about what interests me but I also like rankings and such because it is a measure of how well I’m doing, and of course that is always a bonus.

    I recommend StumbleUpon as well. In the past it has brought me huge traffic spikes and it’s also a great thing to use when I’m bored – I can just spend all day stumbling (not very productive, but fun nonetheless). :D

    @Forrest – Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m flattered that you read what I write and I hope some of it helps you out. Yes, sometimes what a blogger has to do is time consuming but it’s all a part of being successful. If you slack in the beginning, you’ll just end up spending more time correcting things in the end. :)

  11. Noddegamra on December 11th, 2007 11:19 am

    I moved from a website format to a blogging one at the start of October this year. It gave me a HUGE boost in traffic, gaining over 10k unique visitors in the first week. Infact, my monthly averages are now around 40k+ per month, whereas before they were about 8k.

    However, sometimes I get loads of traffic and others very little. I don’t get quite as much comments as I used to. I still think I have a lot of learning to do…

  12. Tay on December 11th, 2007 11:51 pm

    Noddegamra,

    Wow, that’s amazing! 10,000 unique visitors in the first week alone is pretty stunning. I’ve always known that having a blog over a website has its benefits, especially in the traffic department, but your case is a great example. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

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